My Husband With Scholar Syndrome


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Mu Xiaoya lived for twenty-six years before she knew that she had a sudden genetic disease. There was no medicine for it, and there was only death waiting for her.

Before she died, many people came to see her, but she was most impressed by Bai Chuan.

Bai Chuan was her neighbor, an autistic child with scholar’s syndrome. At that time, his face full of scars was desperate: “I – I studied all your medical records, but I have no way to save you.”

Mu Xiaoya was stunned: “You are a doctor?”

Bai Chuan: “I am not… …”

Mu Xiaoya’s disease was a genetic disease. Unless the gene was changed, there was no possibility of cure. However, Bai Chuan was the only person who tried to cure her after she fell ill.

Mu Xiaoya: “Why are you going to cure me?”

Bai Chuan: “I want to marry you.”

Mu Xiaoya laughed: “If you marry me, you will soon become a widower.”

Bai Chuan insisted: “I – I want to marry you.”

Bai Chuan, who has cognitive impairments, can’t express his meaning very well, and can only repeat it over and over again.

Later, Mu Xiaoya still died. When she woke up, she returned to the summer of her college graduation.

Bai Chuan: “I… I want to marry you.”

Mu Xiaoya: “Good.”

The starlight in the eyes of Bai Chuan was the most beautiful scenery that Mu Xiaoya had ever seen in her life.

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Eclat123 rated it
June 1, 2020
Status: Completed
I love the author's works, and technically this is a great novel, but I gave it a 2 stars just because how it stereotypes autism disorder and how factually incorrect ML's conditions are to be labeled solely as 'autistic'.

I have Asperger's, what this novel refers to as 'scholar syndrome', commonly known as high-functioning autism. From the description of how ML was able to keep his job and did a great job in it, and with the clear mention of 'scholar syndrome', he's supposed to have high functioning autism too. But... more>> here's the catch, his actions and characters portrated him as having extremely severe autism AND antisocial personality disorder. If you don't know, this part of the most severe in autism spectrum wouldn't allow him to function properly nor keep a stable job. I've been in a lot of autism communities, but I have yet to see one as astounding as this ML--severe psychological symptoms but extremely high functioning in his job. It's a bit of a scretch because it wouldn't fit the diagnostic variables mental health professionals use in DSM-V not to mention it's realistically impossible.

So, yeah, for anyone with experience with autism spectrum disorder, this novel stereotypes the impossible--severe symptoms but extremely high functioning that one'd be successful nonetheless. Very, very, impossible to achieve.

And need I mention that most people with autism spectrum disorder DON'T stutter, even if they have severe symptoms. People with 'scholar syndrome' aka Asperger's, even more unlikely so, as most would mirror other people social interactions to come up with a formula of their own. They only have difficulties with casual notions, so most of the time they'd use formal terms because they can't condition their speech to match the situation, thus known to be stiff or repetitive (this is one of the main characteristics, yet the author didn't even portray that one bit).

And autism DOES NOT equals antisocial. People with autism just have difficulties expressing and conditioning their speech and actions for god's sake, it doesn't mean they're antisocial. The ML is a textbook person with ANTISOCIAL personality disorder--NOT AUTISM! Most people with Autism that I know craves social interactions, even going on blind dates, and definitely NOT antisocial. THAT'S HUUUGE MISTAKE.

Most people with 'scholar syndrome', by the time they're adults, would look like normal people when they're not having meltdowns, just a bit more stiff and in their own world most of the time.

It's just impossible to have severe symptoms with that kind of achievements, okay. Stop stereotyping and exploitating autism please. Just stop, the author didn't even do any in depth research on it and didn't portray ML realistically. She only picked up the popular and stereotyped elements of autism that would sell to the readers.

As someone who have real mental disorders and have been going to therapist for years, I personally find Grumpy Crab's novels on the topic to be ignorant and offensive. She always portrayed how, with 'true love', all mental illness would magically disappear. It's like she's implying that everyone with mental disorders have them because they are not loved enough, which is a total nonsense. And anyone with any type of mental disorder would know that there's no 'healing' those disorders. People don't go to therapist to 'heal', even drugs won't make the symptoms permanently go away (most of the time those drugs can even have side effects or amplify the symptoms, it takes years just to find the right prescription and dose with trials and errors, even when you have a dedicated attending psychiatrist). They know they won't ever go back to being 'normals', they are just trying to learn how to cope and keep living with the disorders.


So I just read Grumpy Crab's other translated work that is also archived in NU. The ML there has severe post-war PTSD with severe aggression (usually this type of PTSD is prone to do domestic violence) and his therapist told him to marry a stranger.... If that wasn't enough, his episodes would stop immediately once the MC kisses him. Oh honey, if love could heal all mental illnesses so easily, there would be no one spending tons of money for years to go to therapies. I wanna live in the author's world 😂😂😂 <<less
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Midori rated it
November 21, 2019
Status: Completed
hi there!

I'm the person who put this novel up on the pickup request on NUF! And therefore, let me also post what I put up there to try and make people aware of this novel and want to translate it!

The world needs more fluff, always! And since I've read the entire thing too (through MTL) , I can confirm the fluffiness and the sweetness and whatever else! There is not much plot, but more of Mu Xiaoya and Shirakawa interacting with each other, and Xiaoya learning how to communicate with... more>> Shirakawa, who is autistic. It was really heartwarming and reading it put a smile on my face! I've gone back to reread it quite a bit! I've read most of these author's works, but the fluff-esque ones are only a few, and I think I'd actually rank this one as my current favourite, and the fluffiest!

Also, I think the way the author wrote autism in the story, like certain characteristics, is quite realistic. But I don't have much knowledge of autism, so I would actually like to know what other people think of the way the author depicted it. <<less
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April 6, 2020
Status: c82
First of all, the translators are doing a fantastic job, please continue the novel to the end.

Secondly, as a mother of a son with Asperger's syndrome, I not only enjoyed reading this novel but also wished that my son finds someone as good as the MC. She is everything a partner of a person with special needs should be.

The story is just great, very realistic portrayal of not only an autistic person but also what the family of the person goes through. There is no villain, though a rebirth story,... more>> the MC doesn't do anything different other than marry the ML which sets off a chain reaction. No villain, no revenge, and won't say fluffy, but enough moments to make you go awwww. <<less
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MadCC rated it
August 26, 2020
Status: Completed
I've got to say I'm pretty mixed about this one.

The relationship between MC and ML was cute but it really was the only saving point of this novel.

While the story is well written and flows naturally my main problem is how they treated autism in this book.

... more>> It's just way too easy.

They tell us earlier in the book that ML is supposed to be on the high-end part of the autistic spectrum which means he's very anti-social and closed off from the real world and has a lot of difficulty understanding social cues.

But... we don't... see that much? Like sure it was mentioned twice


First when during dinner the ML has an episode due to the noise

Second when he hears the sound of thunder


But none of it has lasting effects, he gets these huge episodes but then it's fine because MC bought him noise canceling headphones so he doesn't have them anymore. -.-

He's no longer afraid of thunder because she kissed him during one once.

He's OCD but he doesn't mind stuff being in his space if it's hers.

All of the struggles just dissappear when she enters the picture.

For a guy who was closed off to everyone except his grandmother and MC he sure comes around quick, and by quick I mean lightspeed.

In a week he's talking to his family even though he's never talked to them before just because his girlfriend told him to.

While I can't say I'm an expert in the subject, his autism felt very romantized, like 'look with the power of love you can just make autism dissappear in just 3 days!'.

What's so annoying about this is that many people see these descriptions of autism as facts since it's in the book, which is damaging.

Some of the comments are saying things like 'Wow! This is so eye-opening!', and you can't blame them since you'd expect an author to research heavy issues like these beforehand.

I personally have an autistic friend and first he isn't anti-social at all, in fact he craves social exchanges but he mostly has a lot of trouble reading social cues (making a joke in an inappropriate moment) or expressing his emotions.

This frustrates him and us as well, because he can't get his message across and we can sometimes get offended because of how he phrases things and have to walk away for a little while. This can sometimes create tension.

This is what I meant when I said it's too easy, like there's no real emotional struggle. While you can be there for someone and support them, it doesn't always have to be sunshine and roses. Sometimes it gets bad and yet you buckle down and you stay.

Another thing that irritated me was the side characters constantly pitying the ML because 'Oh no! He's autistic, such a shame' and it passing off as concern for the MC.

The ML may be autistic but he's not an infant, he can think, he has emotions and thoughts. He's not brain dead, so them being condescending and the MC doing nothing to correct them also rubbed me the wrong way. <<less
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Jevanka926 rated it
November 21, 2019
Status: Completed
HELL YEAH! This novel is simply amazing, as expected from Grumpy Crab. I really like how the FL learned to love her husband and how cute and pure the ML was. The ML is super romantic in his own way. Imagine if a boy would simplify mathematics formula just for YOU. How I wish I could have one.

... more>>

In the past life, after the FL died, the ML became trapped in his own world.

'Living a life where grandma and (Fl's name) still exist... '

After marrying ML, FL was given the family's heirloom, a white jade bracelet which finally saved her life...

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earlgreyt rated it
May 15, 2020
Status: Completed
A good novel but considering the heavy subject matter (terminal illness, autism), it shies away from fully committing to either aspect and fails to live up to much of its potential.

Ignoring that the ML is autistic...

... more>>

... he's a genius savant, pretty much "cured" by the end, extremely handsome, extremely wealthy, and with an extremely supportive family.


Not to mention the MC is miraculously cured of her terminal illness...


... from "positive" radiation from her jade bracelet.

Meanwhile, a supporting character dies just so that the doctors can diagnose the MC with said jade bracelet solution. A classic case of the author throwing side-characters under the bus so that the MC can live happily.

It would have been a lot better if the author had just left the MC's miracle cure a mystery (since the entire rebirth is a mystery) after repeatedly emphasizing that her illness was genetic and undetectable (which the author only added to absolve the MC of any guilt towards her cousin's death and to appease readers).

Extremely contrived and ridiculously fake.


I definitely expected more from this author. If this story hadn't so heavily emphasized the seriousness of the two topics (terminal illness and autism), the result would have been much better.

Why? Because this is a rare novel where the romantic relationship is portrayed almost realistically, where both people in the relationship have to compromise and change to fit each other into their lives. However, all this effort is undermined by repeated emphasis on how "out-of-norm" the main characters are, which does great disservice to the emotional payoffs present in the novel.

Do people have to be autistic or have a terminal illness in order to compromise, forgive, and put forth effort into their relationships? By repeatedly presenting the efforts of the main characters in the light of these illnesses, the novel heavily implies this as the case.

Additionally, because of such unrealistic portrayal of autism recovery/terminal illness recovery, this book reads more like a fairytale than other romance fairytales in this genre.


The story of the two supporting characters (the MC's cousin) was a lot more emotional and touching than the main characters' situational angst regarding the MC's terminal illness, which lacked all tension because the MC's survival was so obviously guaranteed.



Translation is pretty good, but it switches off between two translator sites which can be somewhat jarring since background colors and fonts also flip back and forth. <<less
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SeiraJLoyard rated it
February 6, 2020
Status: Completed
This was such a sweet and heartwarming story. There isn't very much of a plot, it's more of a slice of life between MC and ML and their interactions as they slowly learn to accept and adapt to each other. I absolutely love how ML never actually "heals" from his autism, he gets better, but still has his quirks.

The progression of this romance is really nice. The MC doesn't just fall in love with ML all at once. She slowly understands his clumsy way of expressing his love, which triggers... more>> her to care for him. This care slowly developed until she realized that she loved him and that he had always treated her so well that others couldn't ever compare.

One of the extras at the end just made me cry as it showed ML's life in the previous world. But I'm so glad that our MC went back in time and decided to agree to his marriage proposal. I really like how the two of them take the effort to try to communicate and make their relationship work. <<less
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airhead888 rated it
April 20, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel COMPELLED me to register an account and write this review. I'm just normally a reader who digests the reviews to guide me on my next novel to read.

But...... I just have to give this one a review to encourage others to take up to this novel. This one is the sweetest and purest love that I have ever read from an ML. No motives, no pretense, no malice whatsoever. Just wanting to be with the FL and constantly wanting to improve himself to be able to stay with... more>> the FL. Waaahhh!!! This is a must-read.

But the effort of making the marriage work does not come only from the ML, but the FL too... The ability to withstand and willingly bear the pressure and stress of loving an autistic husband is not an ordinary feat either. Not to mention the amount of patience one has to exert being married to an autistic husband.

The only criticism that I can find in this novel is how ASD (autism spectrum disorder) is viewed here. There's a HUGE misconception that ASD is a disease that can be treated and from which a person can recover from. You CANNOT treat it or recover from it; people with ASD can just learn to assimilate with the rest of the people so they can live normal lives--but they cannot be like "normal" people (normal meaning like the majority of the people on earth). If you say "recovering from ASD", it would mean that your mind will become "normal". And I also don't like how the author uses "treatment" because it connotes that ASD is a disease. "Therapy" is the correct term.

Anyway, maybe I'm just nitpicking over semantics or whatever. The point is, I just wish that the author had researched a bit more about ASD so as not to create this kind of misinformation.

Nevertheless, read this!!!! <<less
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mylovelyreader rated it
June 2, 2020
Status: Completed
I was honestly disappointed at the ending--it simply felt so lacking. It seemed more like a "convenient happy ending" that really failed to flesh out the emotions that have been building up towards the end.

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In terms of characterization, the more "sublimization" direction of the plot would point towards Xaoiya dying. I would've been more satisfied with the story had she gone down that road, and allow Bai Chuan a level of grief and adjustment that would've been supported by the child they had together. In my opinion, it would've rounded him to 'recover' since this kept being mentioned in the plot. Dealing with the loss of a loved one would be monumental for someone with his condition, and it would be a critical turning point for his character.

Had he taken care of the child with his parents (to the best of his ability, or maybe he couldn't) and then researched the genetic disease in the coming years after Xiaoya's death, then pass away after success, it would've given more meaning to the plot's initial direction and character drive.

But then again, that's just an opinion.


This novel read very lacking at the beginning, then very fleshed out in the middle, and then went back to being a scratch work at the end. It was unsatisfying from a critical point of view, but if you don't like grief this might be for you... but I would've wanted the sadness and wholesomeness of their relationship that this novel failed to deliver.

Disappointed, but good plot. I don't know about representation, but I can feel this tried to be true to life.

So, yeah, official verdict: 3.5 <<less
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Kairi645 rated it
March 27, 2020
Status: Completed
This is one of the best novels I ever read. Its honestly one of the cutest novels and the romantic development is sweet and is well progressed out. They're times were despite the odds the male lead comes out feeling like a winner in life and that's honestly adorable. Also the female lead is really chill about her life and tries to make do with it to the fullest.
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nandemonaiya rated it
August 25, 2020
Status: Completed
I had to rate this 1-star because of the unpleasant treatment of autism. I'm not even going into the stereotypes of autistic people, since (ofc) the novel mostly focusses on how the people around the autistic person feel about them.

No doubt it's a realistic portrayal of how a lot of autistic people are treated in China, but I wish it were a bit more critical of this. Instead, the story talks about how nobody would like to be married to an autistic person and how everyone wants him to "recover"... more>> from his autism as if it's a matter of course. It's so disturbing to see how people treat the way ML behaves as unusual and undesirable, even when it isn't particularly unusual behaviour for neurotypical people... e.g. MC's friend is like "oh you poor thing" to MC just because he's a bit quiet when they come to visit.

The MC is probably the least reprehensible -- she infantilises him the least, that is -- but it makes me feel quite sick whenever she emotionally manipulates him.

Even though I appreciate that the couple is mostly loving and fluffy, I couldn't enjoy it because I just felt so disgusted. I kept hoping things would get better... but nope. <<less
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KoiPrince rated it
April 10, 2020
Status: Completed
With contemporary romance, this novel gets a five star from me. It's a pretty straight forward and short novel with no surprising twist and turns or extra love rivals. The selling point is the cute and budding relationship between the MC and ML.

... more>>

Quick summary: The MC dies because of a hidden genetic disease, ML comes to see her when MC was on deathbed and tries to save her but failed (That boi is precious, he tries so hard 。゚ (゚இ‸இ゚+) ゚。). MC then went back in time a couple of years (Forgot the exact number) and decides to spend more time with her family rather than going abroad to pursue her career like in the last life.

The ML was actually married in the last life but the woman apparently only married him for money (Cus his family is mad rich) and eventually, that wife got sick of him b/c of his autism and tried to kill him by burning down the house with the ML still in it. In the last life, ML didn't die but got a huge burn scar on his face.

In this life, ML got together with MC (Duh). This story is about their slow but steady process of learning to compromise and love each other, even if things get hard sometimes.



ML eventually managed to overcome his autism (Still there but he learned to be stronger than his symptoms) with the help of his loving wife MC and his family who never gave up on him. He and the MC had a son together (ML disdain the fact that his son looks like him and not his mother Lmao) and lived a blissful life thus after.


I would recommend reading this, despite being simple and short, the bittersweet process and sweet ending is definitely satisfying. Cried a few times not gonna lie. <<less
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April 9, 2020
Status: --
This novel is what you call "warming your soul".

It shows MC struggles, her efforts and how she realises she has always been in love with Ml.

ML is such a cutie.❤. Even with his autism he tries his best to deal with his "sickness" so Xiaoya won't dislike him..

... more>> MC is such a nice girl. She tries her best to understand ML condition and helps him to come out of his shell.

There is no ceo stuff or any cliche, just a simple slice of life that makes you come back and reread even mtl of this novel.

This novel is a rare gem.

Author did her proper research on autism as it doesn't come out just a "prop" for novel. At some moments you just wanna have a tissue with you & cry when you see Bai Chuan trying to fight with his all might with his "sickness". He doesn't miraculously gets better rather a slow progress as they grew old.

I have mtled it when first few chapters updated but my review got deleted at that time so I decided to post a review again ~~~

Till now whenever I need some warmth for my heart I read this novel~~.

Both ML n MC are one of the best..

A must read ~~

Bai Chuan is the star of this novel. <<less
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LilySewa rated it
December 29, 2020
Status: c8
Honestly, the premise is cute and I was sort of enjoying the rebirth idea in the beginning but I don’t like how our main character is like yeah, sure I’ll marry this guy because he cared about me when I was going to die. And she keeps bringing up how she doesn’t really “like” him like “that” but she’s saving him from being disfigured in the future??? Like man savior complex much?! Idk I didn’t really like our FL and the way they portrayed the ML lead was too convenient... more>> for the plot. I felt it wasn’t realistic or even the least bit good in terms of plot. I didn’t like the dynamic they were going to have between the FL and the ML. Sorry not my cup of tea. <<less
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kkgoh rated it
May 14, 2020
Status: c70
A surprisingly thought-provoking novel, examining issues of autism, end life goals and death, all "taboo" topics in Asian culture.

I've had personal experience of loved ones with autism, and of personal loss in similar situations, so I can respect author's careful handling of the subject matter.
5/5 stars just for the author willing to broach these topics. And brownie points for having a rare mature/wise FL that doesn't just want to take advantage of rebirth, but focusing on the more mundane, important things that bring her joy in life (family... more>> and friendships). Strongly reminds me of "Three Days of Happiness".

Granted the ML had ridiculous amounts of plot armor... only mild autism, good looks, wealth + savant... but I guess that's the only way author could sell the story. <<less
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Kei-Em03 rated it
May 13, 2020
Status: Completed
A Must Read!

Its a very heartwarming story that enables other people to see beyond of what they see. Overcoming all the problems they'd have to face not only as a married couple but also dealing with the difficulties of having an autistic husband or having a wife with genetic disease.

Its very eye opening for a lot of people who doesnt know much about both issues. The care and love shown by both families despite the issues looming over their heads. How they cope, how they move on and go forward... more>> despite it all.

The novel is pack of emotions. From sadness of death, occasional funny lines (and alot of it came from ML ???), from panic and anxiety when ML is having trouble, from the happiness of the parents seeing their children lives get better, from the fulfilling feeling of accomplishments of the charaters, from the helplessness knowing what they lack or knowing the possibilities of them losing each other.

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BlueAmethyst rated it
May 2, 2020
Status: Completed
A heart-warming story. Overall rating: 4.6.

The plot is about a rebirthed woman who marries her autistic childhood friend, and how she tries to 'treat' her husband's autism by slowly incorporating him into the modern-world society.

It's well-written - you can feel the simplicity of the world in an autistic person's view, the happiness, wariness and exhaustion of the autistic's relatives, and the struggles and worries of an autistic's wife.

I don't know much about the medical knowledge in this story, but if those were 100% true, then the story brought us to... more>> real-life scenarios of a family with these circumstances. At the very least, this story let me sympathize with them.

The translation quality also managed to retain the feelings of each chapter - kudos to you guys.

A great story, very warm and simple - a refreshing read, especially after reading those stories with webbed conflicts and evil, contradictory characters. RECOMMENDED. <<less
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imanuelabcd rated it
February 22, 2020
Status: Completed
So great!!!!

This is really a heartwarming and light story. With a simple plot, but it can make you fall in love instantly. It really fluffy and touching. A great read to pass time.
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January 4, 2020
Status: Completed
I'm falling in love with this author this is my third novel of this author and each one make me fall in love with it more and more. I like how it is simple but unique in its own. I specifically feel satisfied in both stories time line (before and after rebirth) ML was happy in both story even if its fake /illusionary. Hope to enjoy such work again and more
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Majee rated it
December 29, 2019
Status: Completed
This is such a sweet and fluffly novel with a happy ending!

Read the translated chapters and was completely hooked to the story so I went ahead and tried reading the MTL one which thank goodness was very understandable.
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